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The Varanasi concert; 22 February 2012

The Mata Ganga Orchestra was born from a musical meeting between young French pupils of the Cahors music school Indian students of Rishikesh C.J. Maa Music School from 10 to 26 February 2012.

Following their recording experience on the CD Mata Ganga ki Jai and later their participation in the musical tale Si loin le pays, some of the French pupils became curious about India and its music.

The association thus decided to accompany a small group of these French students on a musical journey in February 2012 during the school holidays The aim of this adventure was for the French pupils to meet the Indian students of C.J. Maa Music School (for the benefit of whom the the CD "Mata Ganga Ki Jay" was recorded) and to share instrumental and artistic techniques with them, in order to work on a musical program together. The young Franco-Indian group then presented their program in concerts in Rishikesh and Varanasi.

Musical project

The aim of the project was to promote the collaboration and fusion of both French and Indian groups and to create a joint program which the youngsters would perform in concert in Rishikesh and in Varanasi. The program came forth from this unique encounter in an attempt to unite two musical styles and cultures. Renowned violinist Sukhdev Prasad Mishra ran workshops in order to prepare the youngsters for an "Indian concerto", of which he was the soloist.

The concerts were very well received by their audiences, and we even won an article in the Hindustan newspaper of Varanasi! You can see the article (with translation!) here
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In addition to introducing the young westerners to a new musical approach, this project also gave them a chance to meet young Indians and an insight into their values and lifestyle.

Photos!

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Documentary

A professional young video maker from Toulouse, Nahum Ingrand, came along with us on the journey to shoot an original documentary on this unique intercultural meeting. The documentary is entitled Mata Ganga Orchestra Tour - Part 1 and it is now available on Vimeo. The documentary is in French, but you can activate the English subtitles by clicking on "cc" on the right hand side of the playback time bar. Enjoy!



Mata Ganga Orchestra Tour 2013

The sequel of the adventure happens in France!!!